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From Daniel Boone to Captain AmericaPlaying Indian in American Popular Culture$
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Chad A. Barbour

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496806840

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496806840.001.0001

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When Superheroes Play Indian

When Superheroes Play Indian

Chapter:
(p.145) Chapter Five When Superheroes Play Indian
Source:
From Daniel Boone to Captain America
Author(s):

Chad A. Barbour

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496806840.003.0006

Chapter five continues the discussion of playing Indian in comic books, with the focus on superheroes in particular. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Plastic Man, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Batman play Indian. This chapter then examines Green Arrow’s Indian masquerade and its interaction with the social consciousness of Dennis O'Neil's Green Lantern. This chapter then considers Captain America as Indian and the repercussions of playing Indian for his role as national superhero and representative of U.S. identity. In Neil Gaiman’s 1602 (2003-04) and Tony Bedard’s one-shot story, What If? Featuring Captain America (2006), these reimagined visions of the Captain America mythos appropriate and perform Indianness in order to possess virile masculinity and physical strength. Furthermore, this appropriation of Indianness to produce heroic masculinity accompanies the comics’ conventions of superheroism. The white superhero as Indian encapsulates the major themes of this study and provides a fitting resolution for this book.

Keywords:   superhero, Captain America, U.S. identity, appropriation, masculinity

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